Meet Newsday's All-Long Island boys and girls bowling teams for the 2017-18 winter season.
Girls Bowler of the Year: HANNAH SKALACKI, Newfield, Fr.
Skalacki led Long Island girls with a 223.37 average. She also helped Middle Country win the state championship, rolling a 1,163 series behind a team-high game of 226. During the regular season she bowled a 769 series on Jan. 18, the highest in the county.
"She's a very, very talented bowler with high expectations for herself and I think that's why she does so well because she never seems to be satisfied with how she does," coach Mandy Dominguez said. "If you think that she did well, she probably thinks that she could do better. She's always striving to better herself and that's why she's able to achieve her goals."
During practices, Skalacki improves on focus and knocking down spares. Her average increased by almost nine pins from last season. "My mental game just automatically changed my entire game this year," Skalacki, a freshman, said. "I have so much determination to do better each year."
JULIA BOCAMAZO, East Islip, Jr.
Bocamazo ranked second in Suffolk County with a 222.28 average. She led Suffolk and finished third in average at the sectional all-star competition (187.50).
PAIGE DONOVAN, Seaford, Soph.
Donovan led Seaford to its first Nassau County small school championship with a 1,090 high series. The sophomore finished second in average in Nassau (188.39). She helped Seaford take fifth place at the Division II state championship with a 913 six-game series.
AMANDA PETRILLO, MacArthur, Sr.
Petrillo led Nassau County in average with a 203.56. She placed second in the Nassau individual championships with a 1,057. At the state championships, Petrillo ranked 10th in high series, leading the Nassau sectional all-star team (1,067).
FRANCESCA ROSSI, St. Anthony’s, Sr.
Rossi averaged a 191 this season to lead the CHSAA. She won the league individual championship (her third) and rolled a 690 high series, more than any boy or girl competing. Her high-game of 246 led the CHSAA.
Coach of the year: MANDY DOMINGUEZ, Middle Country
Dominguez helped to guide Middle Country to its first Division I state title since 2013, with the team posting a 5,332 series, 175 pins above the runner-up. Three bowlers fell in the top 10 for average. During the regular season, five girls ranked in the top 15 in average in Suffolk (Skalacki, Nicole Lettich, Amanda Scarfogliero, Allison Burfeindt and Julie Acosta, all of Newfield High School).
Newsday's 2018 All-Long Island girls bowling team
Front row, from left: Francesca Rossi, St. Anthony's, Bowler of the Year - Hannah Skalacki, MIddle Country, Julia Bocamazo, East Islip. Back row, from left: Coach Mandy Dominguez, Middle Country, Paige Donovan, Seaford, Amanda Petrillo, MacArthur.
Boys Bowler of the Year: AARON RICE, East Islip, Jr.
After bowling just six games for East Islip team last season, Rice was determined to make a name for himself in his junior year. The breakout star rolled 30 games for the Redmen and finished with the highest average on Long Island with a 233.3.
"I was sticking to what my coach was asking me to do," Rice said. "It's amazing to see that my hard work helped accomplished this major feat, but I just wanted to do the best I could for my team."
Rice helped propel East Islip to its second consecutive county title, bowled the second highest series of the year in Suffolk (797) and tied for the third highest game in the county (289).
"I had a lot of fun hanging with my friends, teammates and having my family behind me, it was a blast," Rice said. "It is always great to do something you enjoy every day."
ERIC BHOLAN, Smithtown East, Sr.
He rolled the high series of the year in Suffolk with an 814 for the combined Smithtown bowling team. The senior finished second on Long Island with a 227.21 average and rolled 10 games of 225 or better.
ANTHONY CIOFFI, North Babylon, Sr.
Cioffi rolled the high series at the state bowling All-Star competition with a 1,267. The senior finished the regular season with the most match points in Suffolk (35) and averaged a 224.10 in 41 games.
FRANK IEMMA, Plainedge, Jr.
He led Nassau with a 222.92 average. Iemma placed fifth at the Nassau individual championships, rolling a 1,080 six-game series.
MICHAEL MIRABILE, Longwood, Sr.
He finished with the third highest average on Long Island with a 226.89. The senior bowled 15 games of at least a 200, including a 240 in Game 6 of the state All-Star competition to help Suffolk capture the title.
Coach of the year: BOB CHEADLE, East Islip
He led East Islip to its second consecutive Suffolk team title and a second place finish at the state championship. In six seasons as head coach, Cheadle is 79-5.
Boys Bowling (front row l-r) Michael Mirabile, Longwood, Bowler of the Year - Aaron Rice, East Islip, Anthony Cioffi, North Babylon, (back row l-r) Coach Don Cheadle, East islip, Eric Bholan, Smithtown East, Frank Iemma, Plainedge, on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Newsday.